What about the rest of us?

An article on Slate — a website that I seldom voluntarily visit, due to its tendency towards feminist rant and hysteria — was recently bought to my attention. It was called “Canada’s Vicious HIV Laws“, and screeches on at length about how wrong it is to imprison people who are unfortunate enough to have contracted HIV and somehow forgot to inform their sexual partners of this trivial fact.

Nobody deserves to contract HIV. Nobody. My heart goes out to those who have to live — and perhaps die — with this disease. And it is immoral to imprison someone who suffers from it. But that is not the case here. These people are not being punished for having HIV, they are being punished for putting someone else’s life in danger.

In other words, this is not an morality issue, it is a Public Health issue. Most of these folks had a Dread Disease and knowingly played Russian Roulette with someone else’s life. And that, by any reasonable definition, is a crime.

Is prison the answer? I don’t know. But I don’t have a better idea.

I wonder if the writer of the article would fight for the rights of the accused if they had infected someone she cares about.

Probably not

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